So there I was minding my own business, watching television. Happy to put some of the thoughts that have been uppermost in my mind on the back burner for a while. When...
Channel 4 showed a trailer for a program it is putting on next week (Thursday @ 9pm) called The Great Global Warming Swindle
'Hmmm, interesting' I thought 'I'll do some Googling and see if I can find some background info on the people who made it and who are in it.
I do things like that. Many of us have the tools now. Sadly, few of us use them.
And, strike me down with a feather, whose name did I see listed in the first half dozen search results. Oh yes
The most entertaining part of the article goes something like...
Some chance. A company called Wag TV is currently completing a 90-minute documentary for Channel 4 called The Great Global Warming Swindle. Manmade climate change, the channel tells us, is "a lie ... the biggest scam of modern times. The truth is that global warming is a multibillion-dollar worldwide industry: created by fanatically anti-industrial environmentalists; supported by scientists peddling scare stories to chase funding; and propped up by complicit politicians and the media ... The fact is that CO2 has no proven link to global temperatures ... solar activity is far more likely to be the culprit."
So it's the same old conspiracy theory we've been hearing from the denial industry for 10 years, and it carries as much scientific weight as the contention that the twin towers were brought down by missiles.
I haven't seen the program yet and, even though its thesis coincides with some personal thoughts I have on the subject of Man Made Climate Change, there's nothing to stop it being a pile of crap. Just because someone or something appears to share your views that doesn't stop it, by accident or design, being riddled with flaws (cf. Loose Change cf. George Monbiot)
But whatever the actual quality of the program, George's response to the very thought of the airing of a show sceptical about Man Made Climate Change is 100% pure Monbiot
There he is again...
- Using the denial word - equating holding a different view to his own on the subject of climate change with being a Nazi
- Identifying anyone who disagrees with him as being a conspiracy theorist (and therefore either a moron infected with a mental virus or in the pay of the 'Denial Industry', or both)
In Monbiot World the label Conspiracy Theorist serves the same function as a subroutine in computer programming. Once you've written it you can just keep calling it again and again...
gosub conspiracy theorists
print "yah di yah ya moronic blah blah nazi blah ... insane blah blah mental disease blah bla etc etc"
George must be so pissed off that burning disbelievers and blasphemers isn't carbon neutral
And what a flexible group the "Conspiracy Theorists" are
- sometimes they think Bush and the PNAC crowd are behind 9/11
- other times they side with Bush and the PNAC crowd in denying Man Made Climate Change
Well, they're nothing if not versatile
And the number of these heretics who conspire (oh, the irony) against George and his beloved movements is multiplying. Why else would George be so preoccupied with them?
Look out George they're there ... and there .. and underneath that ... and in your dreams ... Oh God they're everywhere ... aaaaaaaaahhh!!!